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the re today swept SOME OF HIS QUAINT JOKES day. NEW YORK'S FAMOUS MAN ABOUT TOWN, WIT AND HUMORIST. and air, four and de Ihe overflow In of Tho and wns s rain. deop on he - - be Sketch of the Editor, Politician, Financier, Sportsman and Notable After - Dinner Speaker. Sharon, Conn., August 12. Lawrence Jerome, the old - time politician, financier aud sporting man, passed peacefully away, this city, about noon to - day. Mr. Jerome had not been conscious sinco Friday aud had suffered no pain. His wife son, Trovers Jerome, besides other members of the family, wore at his besido. funeral will take placo in Now York Tuesday or Wednesday. Mr. Jerome was tho Gllth year of his age. In wns once Is - ot and bis are - LAWRENCE ROSCOE JEROME. Lawrence Roscoe Jerome was born Ponipey, a village in Onondaga county, N Y., near Syracuse. He was one of a family of eleven sons and one daughter. When Lawrnncn wna t.welvA nr fourteen vmra mm. i. - uuiiLy, wurreuo eugugeu in larraing on large scale npon property owned by Amos - - - Hall. In speaking of the place of his nativ ity he was accustomed to say : " Joe Smith, the Mormon : Horatio Seymour aud I were all born iu Onondaga county." t or threo or tour years Lawrence assisted his father in farm work and than went Rochester, N. Y., where he began the study of law in the otlice of bia uncle, Hiram K. Jerome. A year or two later he went to New York, where he passed two or three years as clerk in a large wholesale dry goods house. Ho then went into partnership with his brother, Leonard W., in the publication of tne Kocbester Amencan, which was a stroug Whig journal. After Fillmore became President Leonard Jerome was appointed Consul to Trieste and Lawrence was made Collector - or In to of the Port of Rochester. This place he held until tbe Democratic narty came, intn nnwer and then wont ta.New York, where be went broker? business with his brothers Patterson and Leonard. His friend James Gordon Bennett presented to him seat in the Stock Exchange which cost Sio',000. Nine years ago, when Mr. Jerome retired from Wall street, he sold his seat for ?30,UW. GUYINQ THE CLOVER CLU& Mr. Jerome was always a Democrat. He was an Alderman in Tweed's time and op posed Tweed. He ran for Congress in 18G8 and was defeated by General McCook. It was not often he made political speeches, one of tho occasions being a year or two ago. when he dined with the Clover Club, of Philadelphia, and when the members of the club tried to guy him he made them a free trade speech which rankled in their Phila delphia minds. They took it seriously and Congressman Reed, of Maine, who was pres ent, became excited and expostulated with Mr. Jerome, It was not till afterward that the club fonnd out that Mr. Jerome had quietly been guying them. Ut bim the New Y ork Snn says : " He was a great hunter and fisher. Since he was a It boy ho has been interested in guns, dogs, nsa nnd norses. w itft ins brother Leonard ne'lVjU Td,u JCrme Park' 8iBer bead Bay and other race courses. He be longed to various rncinz clubs and associa tions, and took an active interest in thoir success. Ho accompanied the expedition made np of Sheridan, Belmont, John Heck - scbor, Bennett and others that went West on a hunting expedition for big game undor tne gnidanco ot Uutlalo Bill, On that trip Mr. Jerome shot soventeen buffaloes himself. 9",Y!,J Bufi""l B,'" loaned him his horse, - - Buckskin Joe, and when they came unnn a Horn oi on uu iocs Mr. Jerome dismounted to lira and forgot to slip his arm through the bridle. Iho horse turned no a week inter. saie nn a sounu, out witn tbo saddle under nenth. " SOME OF 1IIS JOKES. Mr. Jerome was a humorist, not a wit. Ho had a singular power of grotesque de scription. Ho took the most ordinary inci dent of a trip or entertainment and related it, reversing the natural order of things, magnifying the unimportant things and sup pressing tiie important in a way that made ludicrous and side - splitting pictures that nobody could repeat. His after - dinner speeches were said to betnost amusing, but wero never reported, because they belonged absolutely to the occasion and in cold typo there was nothing in them. Ho was at his best as a practical joker. Ho formed one of a company of whom W. J. Florence, Captain Connor, of tbo St. James Hotol, aud Colonel lorn Ocbiltrco are the surviv ors, who wore all tho while playing the most cxpensivo aud laborious practical Jokes upon each other. Perhaps tbe best known and most characteristic of Jerome's jokes Is the one he played npon tbe late W. R, Trevors in a Broadway stage. A lady handed T ravers a tiftv - cent piece to get changed for hor fare, when Jerome loudly protested against any ono trusting " that man " with money, as he knew the man to be a thlel nnd a swindler. Jerome poured his denunciations hot and heavy and poor i ravers round bis own stuttering explanations of no avail. The passengers took the matter up aud hustled Travers out of the stage. Soon after his arrival In Now York he bought tbe house S3 West Nineteenth street, wnero ne nas since lived. Mrs. Jerome and three of his four children survive him, one, Roswoll Hart, who was Assistant District Attorney under Garvin, having died. William Travers Jerome is In tbe District Attorney's ollioe under Colonel Follows. Lovell llall Jerome Is a graduate of West Point, and now a specinl agent of the Treasury Department in Arizona, and Lawrence Roscoo, Jr., manages a large ranch in the West. Mr. Jerome, It Is said, leaves no fortune. He was once rich, but met his Waterloo In Wull street. Some years ago he purchased for himself with the remnant of his fortune a comfortable annuity. This ceases with his death.